Nokia is rumored to be releasing a Windows Phone 7.8. While the announcement most likely won't come at tomorrow's press conference with Microsoft, the new device, currently operating under the name Nokia 'Glory', will be released in time for this year's holiday season and will be designed to replace the Nokia Lumia 610.
Windows Phone 7.8 is about to be outdated, but Nokia has a good reason for using it. You see, the Nokia 'Glory' will be a low-end smartphone, with modest specifications and, reportedly, an even more modest price tag. This device could be great for Nokia to scoop up some of the low-end Android market.
The device is said to be sporting a 4-inch, 480×800 resolution display. The device will be powered by an 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM. These specifications, if true, will affect the device's ability to use the marketplace. But with specs like these, the price tag should be low, if not free, after subsidy.
We heard rumors of a 5-inch HTC smartphone early last month, but now there's more talk of the bigger phone hitting the Internet. A device was spotted on GLBenchmark, running Android 4.0.4 labeled 'HTC6435LVW'.
What could this be? It should hopefully turn into the 5-inch HTC smartphone, which still sports that sexy 1794x1080 resolution screen. Benchmark details were included, with the device sporting a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 with the Adreno 320 GPU.
That CPU + GPU combination definitely looks like HTC are wanting to verse Samsung's Galaxy Note II, and with those types of specs, they should have no issue. It's great to see someone amping the screen resolution on a smartphone up, and this could be the phone that HTC needs to get out of the issues they're experiencing right now.
Earlier today we reported about Nokia's upcoming Lumia 920 smartphone, and touched on its wireless charging with our news. Now the Nokia Lumia wireless charging pad has been snapped on camera, thanks to the mysterious @evleaks from Twitter.
The pictures show a hockey puck-like surface, that would wirelessly charge the Lumia 820, and Lumia 920 smartphones from Nokia. More details on the charger are currently unknown, but we should hear more from the event coming on September 5.
Are you excited for a world with wireless charging? Just imagine, years from now we'll be wirelessly charging personal devices like this and not even thinking twice. RIght now, it seems like a dream.
Nokia to launch Lumia 920 September 5, will come with wireless charging, 32GB storage, and 8-megapixel camera
Finally a Windows Phone device to get excited about. On September 5, Nokia and Microsoft will be holding a joint press conference to announce the Nokia Lumia 920. However, we're going to steal some of their thunder by giving you the details ahead of its launch. Thanks to a leaked picture last week, we know what the device will look like.
Well, with a little investigative work, The Verge has managed to figure out more details about the upcoming device. According to their sources, Nokia plans to include wireless charging in the device, something we've been promised from companies for years. Thankfully, someone is finally doing it as now everyone else will be forced to follow or be left out.
Nokia is also including 32GB of internal storage with the device, which will allow you to store lots of music, or pictures and video taken with the 8-megapixel camera. The device will sport a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 4.5-inch HD display. As for the PureView, Nokia is marketing it as such, even though it doesn't have the 41-megapixel one from the 808 PureView handset.
We heard about the Motorola/Intel event for September 18, with the tag 'let's take you to the edge', and this is now making more sense with news of an edge-to-edge screen on an upcoming Moto handset.
The new phone is said to be powered by Google's Android processor, and sport the above-mentioned edge-to-edge screen. This would make Motorola one of the first handset makers in the US to release a full-screen phone.
A smartphone without the bezel on the sides will look not only bigger, but much more swish with no big borders around the side. It should also work on 4G LTE networks, so speed shouldn't be an issue.
One of the things that the Nexus 7 didn't have going for it, was that it didn't sport Internet capabilities when not near a wireless network. But, for $199, can you really complain that the Nexus 7 lacked 3G? No.
Rumor now has it that ASUS are set to launch a 3G-capable Nexus 7 tablet, and it could launch just 6 weeks from now. Adding 3G to the tablet might bump the price up, but by how much? $30? $50?
How much would you be willing to pay for a 3G-enabled Nexus 7? If it were 4G-enabled, I might have picked one up and thrown a pre-paid 4G SIM inside, now that would be sweet.
Thanks Matt for the tip!
The latest bunch of words to hit the pages of the Internet are pointing toward retail giant Amazon offering two versions of their upcoming next-generation Kindle Fire tablet.
The first would be an ad-supported Kindle Fire 2, with the other one to not sport ads. This would then make the consumer ask themselves before purchasing, 'would I like to see ads on my Kindle Fire 2, if it meant it was cheaper?'
This move would see the ad-supported Fire 2 show a consumer an ad whenever the tablet is turned on, or is woken up. This would save consumers roughly $30-$50 on the tablet itself, and if you're not the ad liking type of person (like myself), you can opt for the more expensive, ad-less Kindle Fire 2.
A complete list of specifications for Samsung's upcoming well-named Galaxy Victory have leaked out. The new phone looks to be a mid-range device, but doesn't lack too many of the higher-end features or specs.
Samsung's Galaxy Victory sports a 4-inch 800x480-pixel screen, dual-core 1.2GHz CPU from Qualcomm, 4G LTE support, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front facer, and Google's Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, with Samsung's TouchWiz UI thrown on top.
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note II has been benchmarked already, with the 5.5-inch smartphone keeping its own against the flagship Galaxy S III from the same South Korean-based company.
The original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note sported a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, but the Note II's processor has been beefed up with a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor, and it performs admirably.
Engadget have compared the Note II to the original Note and its dual-core processor, it simply cleans the floor with it in every benchmark, and so it should. So if you're looking to upgrade from your Note to the Note II, this might just be enough to push you over the edge.
We've been hearing rumors of the iPad mini, which is destined to be a 7.85-inch iPad, down from it's bigger brother which sports a 10.1-inch screen. News comes from Instapaper developer, Marco Arment, who has discovered two new iPad device codes in his logs, which he believes point to the fact of an iPad mini.
The new identifiers arrive as "iPad2,5" and "iPad2,6". Arment notes that the iPad2,1 through to the iPad2,3 identifiers are known to link up to the iPad 2's WiFi, GSM and CDMA variants. The iPad2,4 was the die-shrunk, slightly cheaper version of the iPad 2 that was released with the third-generation 'new iPad'. The Retina-powered iPad has the designation of iPad3,x.
iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 have not been seen before, and line up with rumors of the iPad mini being released shortly:
The much more likely explanation is that iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 are the new "iPad Mini" in Wi-Fi and GSM, and I haven't recorded the likely iPad2,7 CDMA version yet.
If so, this suggests that the iPad Mini is, effectively, an iPad 2: an A5 with 512 MB of RAM and enough GPU power to drive the Gruber Display, but not a Retina Display.
It's a textbook Tim Cook supply-chain move: selling the last generation's hardware at a lower price point to expand marketshare.
If you're looking to purchase the latest and greatest iPhone when it is released by Apple, rumored to be announced September 12, you might have even more difficulty than usual. Sources close to Sharp's production of the screen for the device have said Sharp is experiencing issues with the screen which has delayed the start of mass production.
If Apple is unable to obtain enough supply for the next-gen iPhone, it will place restraints on how many can be produced and sold, limiting availability and sales numbers. Sharp was supposed to begin shipping the screen at the end of August, but has been unable to start mass-producing due to the technical issues.
It is unknown when Sharp will be able to begin shipping the screens. Remember, the screens then have to be installed in the device, so there is still lead time, even after the screens have started shipping. If you want the next iPhone, I suggest you wait in line, or it could be awhile before supply picks up.
This @evleaks has done a good job of finding Nokia's upcoming phone pictures and has done us a favor by leaking them onto the internet. This time, he has leaked a picture of the Nokia Lumia 820, which is an upcoming Windows Phone 8 device that features a 4.3-inch screen and appears to come in many colors.
Taking a wild stab, I'm going to guess that this is the mid-range Arrow device that Nokia will be launching at their September 5 press conference in New York. Like the previous leak by @evleaks, not much is known about this phone as all he (she) provided is a picture of the devices.
Thanks to @evleaks on Twitter, we can now take a look at Nokia's flagship device, the Nokia Lumia 920. The Lumia appears to feature a PureView camera, something the company has been hinting at over the past few weeks. This device is codenamed Phi and is Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 device. It appears to be available in several colors, judging by the picture.
There are no other details available on the device, but that will soon change. On September 5, Microsoft and Nokia are holding a joint press conference where it is expected they will reveal this, and other, devices.
These RumorTT posts should stop about the new iPhone on September 12, when Apple will hold their press event, and hopefully unveil the new iPhone. The latest rumor to hit the mill is a photo from 'hacker' and 9to5Mac researcher, Sonny Dickson, that shows a next-gen iPhone logic board.
What makes this different to previous photos of the board, is the chip itself, showing an 'A6' processor. Apple's A6 processor is quad-core processor, doubling from the previous A5 processor found in the current iPhone. There have also been rumors that the A6 processor is based on, wait for it, Samsung's Exynos 4 design. Yes, Apple play friendly with Samsung, as they have a 'firewall' between their business relationships.
We know that Amazon are rumored to be close to launching a next-gen Kindle Fire, but it looks like the retailer are now 'sold out' of the e-book reader. They've also teased that they've got "an exciting roadmap ahead". Amazon also took this time to point out the success of their e-book reader, where they've claimed its the number one best-selling product in their history, taking in a 22% tablet share in the US within just nine months.
But, the company didn't have any sales figures to make this claim concrete, instead market research firm IDC says that Amazon have shipped 1.2 million Kindle Fires in Q2 2012, which gives Amazon third place in the global tablet market with 5%. Samsung's Galaxy Tab range, and Apple's iPad range obviously consume virtually everything else, taking out number two, and one positions, respectively.
Dell shows a very unique looking Windows 8 convertible notebook, brings back the Duo brand at the same time
We've seen a bunch of Windows 8-based devices announced and shown off this week thanks to the IFA event being held in Berlin right now, and Dell have just joined the ranks with a very cool looking, but different Windows 8-based convertible notebook.
The new product from Dell brings back the Duo brand, which should excite some people. It sports a netbook design that allows the display to flip vertically 180 degrees inside the frame of the display itself. I'm not sure how many times you'd be able to do this without it breaking (or at least feeling like it's going to break) but it is a seriously cool looking convertible notebook. Dell is making this outing of the Duo brand a premium device, sporting a machined aluminum carbon fiber design, as well as featuring Corning's Gorilla Glass. Welcome to the Dell XPS Duo 12.
It looks as though Samsung has stolen some of Nokia's and Microsoft's thunder by announcing a Windows Phone 8 device at IFA before Nokia managed to at their September 5 press conference in New York. Samsung, the world's largest smartphone developer, has returned to Windows Phone and brought with it some stylish design.
Looking at the picture above, I see "iPhone...lawsuit" written all over the design. In my opinion, this phone looks closer to an iPhone than the Epic 4g which was found to infringe. It's interesting that Samsung would want to design something so close to an iPhone when they just lost $1 billion to Apple over exactly the same thing.
Lawsuits aside, the device features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display which is protected by Gorilla Glass on both sides. The dimensions come in at 137.2x70.5x8.7mm, so the device is quite easy on the pocket. Curiously enough, Nokia doesn't seem bitter. Instead, they were seen outside the IFA building welcoming Samsung back to Windows Phone:
Current rumors peg Apple at announcing their new iPhone in a matter of days, and now we have some news that might delight iPhone 4S owners. Apple are looking to help you out with pricing on the new, yet unannounced iPhone, with their Reuse and Recycle program.
Using the program, you can select the model, color and condition of your iPhone 4S, or other Apple-branded devices, which will then give you a price that Apple believe your device is worth. Apple's top-end iPhone 4S 64GB model is worth $345, for example.
Before Apple announced the iPhone 4S, they were offering $200 for an iPhone 4 16GB model, so it would make sense that the new iPhone is just days away from being announced. We've previously reported that the new iPhone would be announced on September 12, with the smartphone shipping on September 21.
Motorola have announced they are holding a joint event with chipmaker, Intel, on September 18. Considering the two announced a collaboration back in January at CES, could see see the first Intel-powered smartphone from Motorola announced on September 18?
Motorola have an invitation out, it doesn't say much, apart from "let us take you to the edge". Edge seems highlighted, so could we expect a new phone from Motorola with an 'Edge' branding? There's been rumors of the handset for a little while now, but nothing concrete.
Rumors pointed to it running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but I'd expect a flagship, Intel-powered phone to be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean if it's being announced in mid-September. In any case, it's all exciting for the smart device industry right now!
Where was this when I was in Taiwan for Computex, eh? LG have just unveiled their Optimus L9 smartphone ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin. LG's Optimus L9 sports a 4.7-inch high-def IPS display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear snapper, and 2,150mAh battery.
But, there is a new feature on the block here, and that feature is LG's QTranslator app. QTranslator uses OCR technology and has the capability of translating words and sentences from 44 difference source languages to over 60 user languages.
LG haven't unveiled any pricing, or availability yet, but it does look like a hot piece of smartphone. LG are definitely in their stride right now, with the Optimus L9's announcement hot on the heels of the in-cell-based Optimus G.
The IFA technology show in Berlin kicks off today, and Sony have shown off their Xperia Tablet S which looks like a Sony-branded Microsoft Surface tablet. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the Xperia Tablet S sports a Surface-like cover, with a keyboard built-in.
The cover is an optional accessory, coming in at $100. Xperia Tablet S has some decent specs, sporting a 9.4-inch 1280x800 display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, an IR blaster that can control your TV, Blu-ray and DVD players as well as cable boxes, NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor, an 8-megapixel rear snapper and a 1-megapixel front-facer for video chats and Facebook selfies. The 9.4-inch tablet rocks Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its OS.
Sony's Xperia Tablet S weighs in at just 1.26 pounds. Sony will also offer a $100 standard docking stand, as well as an upgraded model that would include built-in speakers for $129. As for pricing, the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models will be priced at $399, $499 and $599, respectively. Pre-orders are available right now, and the tablet will begin shipping on September 7, just over a week from now.